London's Donmar Warehouse Fall Season to Feature Nick Payne Premiere and Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus

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Josie Rourke, artistic director of London's Donmar Warehouse, has announced its 2013 fall season that will include the world premiere of Nick Payne's The Same Deep Water As Me; a revival of Arnold Wesker's classic play Roots starring Jessica Raine; and Tom Hiddleston in the title role of Coriolanus, the latter of which will also be broadcast live to cinemas as part of the NT Live initiative.

The Donmar will also expand its reach to Manchester and New York, with the previously announced Manchester International Festival and Park Avenue Armory co-production of Matt Charman's The Machine, which will premiere in Manchester this July, before opening in New York Sept. 4 for a two-week run, as well as the transfer of the Donmar's recent all-female Julius Caesar to New York's St. Ann's Warehouse in October.

In a press statement, Rourke commented, "With the American premiere of Julius Caesar, Phyllida Lloyd’s ground-breaking production and company will bring the important conversation they began in London to New York this autumn. I'm delighted that this incredible reimagining of a classic play will follow The Machine in New York, and be the first London to New York transfer from the Donmar’s new team."

The London Donmar season opens with the world premiere of Nick Payne's The Same Deep Blue Water as Me, beginning performances Aug. 1 prior to an official opening Aug. 6, for a run through Sept. 21. Constellations, Payne's last play in London, won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play and was Olivier-nominated in the same category; after premiering at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs, it transferred to the West End's Duke of York's.

It will be directed by John Crowley, who returns to the Donmar where he previously directed Tales From Hollywood, Juno and the Paycock, Into the Woods and How We Learned to Drive. Other directorial credits include The Pillowman (National Theatre and Broadway, where he was Tony-nominated), Love Song and On An Average Day (both West End). His film credits include "Intermission" and "Is Anybody There?"

The play is set in the offices of personal injury lawyers Andrew and Barry at Scorpion Claims. When Kevin, Andrew's high school nemesis, appears in his office the opportunity for a quick win arises. But just how fast does a lie have to spin before it gets out of control? The cast includes Monica Dolan, Peter Forbes, Joanna Griffin, Nigel Lindsay, Daniel Mays and Niky Wardley. The production will be designed by Scott Pask, with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Christopher Shutt.

It will be followed by Roots, beginning performances Oct. 3 prior to an official opening Oct. 8, for a run through Nov. 30. James Macdonald directs this new production of the centerpiece of Arnold Wesker's theatrical post-war trilogy. The play provides a portrait of a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It will star Jessica Raine (best known for her role as Jenny Lee in the BBC TV series "Call the Midwife" and whose stage credits include The Changeling at the Young Vic and Rocket to the Moon at the National), Linda Bassett (last seen on the London stage in Alan Bennett's People at the National Theatre and who has been seen on screen in the films "East is East" and "Calendar Girls"), Emma Stansfield (recently in the BBC's "Privates") and Michael Jibson (seen most recently onstage in Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and on film in "Les Miserables").

The production will be designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting by Guy Hoare and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Coriolanus will begin performances Dec. 6 prior to an official opening Dec. 17 for a run through Feb. 8, 2014. The NT Live broadcast will take place Jan. 30, 2014. Josie Rourke will direct Tom Hiddleston in the title role, with Mark Gatiss as Menenius.

Hiddleston was previously seen at the Donmar in Othello and in the Donmar's production of Ivanov at Wyndham's. Film credits include "The Avengers," "Thor: The Dark World," "Thor," "The Deep Blue Sea," "War Horse" and "Midnight in Paris." TV credits include "Henry V" (part of the BBC's "The Hollow Crown" series), "Cranford," Wallander" and "Miss Austin Regrets." Gatiss was seen at the Donmar in 2012 in The Recruiting Officer, Josie Rourke's debut production at the helm of the theatre. Other recent stage credits include 55 Days (Hampstead Theatre) and Season's Greetings (National Theatre).

In a press statement, Rourke commented, “Since seeing Tom Hiddleston in Othello at the Donmar, I have been convinced that he is one of the great classical actors of his time. I am beyond excited to be directing him in Shakespeare's Coriolanus."

Hiddleston added, "I could not be more proud to have been invited back to the Donmar Warehouse to perform this major work by our greatest playwright. The fate of Coriolanus dramatises the conflict in the heart of every public figure: the war between integrity and popularity; the difference between military action and politics; the debate between public responsibility and private freedom. It's a play about soldiers, politicians and the people; it's a play about what a man is to his mother, to his wife, to his son. It's a play for our time; for any time. To have been invited by Josie Rourke and her extraordinary team at the Donmar to play this role on that stage is a huge honor, a source of great personal pride and excitement."

Public booking opens June 25. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7624, or visit for more details. Tickets for the NT Live cinema broadcasts of Coriolanus will go on sale June 5. Visit for full details.

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